(Frequently Asked Questions provided by Office of Institutional Research)
What is The Lehigh Survey all about?
The Lehigh Survey was designed to learn about the experiences, opinions and beliefs shared by students, faculty and staff. The survey is an outgrowth of the Voluntary Resolution Agreement with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), and it represents the first campus‐wide climate survey in nearly a decade. It was created with the expertise of Lehigh faculty and goes far beyond the OCR requirements.
How can I access the survey?
Participants will only be able to access the survey via the unique link that has been assigned to them. The Office of Institutional Research (OIR) will send the initial email to all faculty, staff, and students on October 12, 2015 and the subject of the email will be “The Lehigh Survey.”
What happens if I deleted the email or do not see the email in my Inbox?
If you accidently deleted the email, no need to worry. Additional emails in the form of a reminder will be sent to all those who have not completed the survey on Sundays, October 18, 25, November 1, and November 8, 2015. If you do not see the email in your INBOX, then please check the SPAM folder in your email account. The emails related to the survey will have the title The Lehigh Survey or A reminder to complete “The Lehigh Survey” and will come from the following email account: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why am I limited to accessing the survey via this unique link?
Each person is assigned a unique link in order to ensure that each individual submits only one response to the survey. In addition, the unique link allows OIR to send the appropriate survey to each person. There are three versions of the survey: a faculty version, a staff version, and a student version. The unique links also allow OIR to monitor who has not completed the survey, so that reminders can be sent only to non‐completers. Your responses are confidential therefore the unique link will be detached from your responses prior to analyzing the data.
How long does it take to complete the survey?
On average, the survey will take about 20 minutes to complete. However, a person can access the survey multiple times until it is completed and submitted. If you wish to complete small sections at a time you may do so until the survey closes on November 10, 2015.
I am a staff member and a graduate student. Which survey will I be receiving?
An individual will receive only one version of the survey. In the case where a person has two roles, the survey assigned to them is based on the role that is most appropriate to the amount of time spent on campus. For example, a full‐time staff member that is also a graduate student will be assigned the staff version of the survey due to their full‐time status as a staff member.
Will my responses be confidential?
Your responses are completely confidential. The responses to this survey will not be examined or reported for individual respondents.
Is there any response that would prompt the university to pursue my individual identity?
Although a disclosure of an incident of harassment, discrimination, or sexual misconduct would typically trigger the University’s obligations under applicable laws and University policies to follow up with the individual disclosing the information and initiate a University response, this will not be the case with responses to the climate survey. Any disclosure of harassment, discrimination, or sexual misconduct submitted in the climate survey will not trigger the University to conduct its own investigation unless the individual also initiates a complaint directly with the Equal Opportunity Compliance Coordinator.
If I would like to initiate a complaint about harassment, discrimination, or sexual misconduct, who should I contact?
You should contact the Equal Opportunity Compliance Coordinator, Karen Salvemini, at extension 8-3535 or at email@example.com. You can also fill out the appropriate online reporting form at eocc.lehigh.edu.
Will the results of the survey be shared with the campus?
Following the analysis of the results, general survey findings will be shared with the campus community sometime in the spring of 2016. No individual responses will be released and only aggregated findings will be shared.
Who do I contact if I have additional questions about the survey?
If you have technical questions or questions regarding the use of your responses, please contact the Office of Institutional Research via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 610-758‐5890.